|||| $189 | 2019 Horsepower Syrah by Cayuse “Sur Echalas Vineyard”


Located in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley, Horsepower Vineyards is about tradition and history—and making history. It’s a connection between a vigneron and his roots. An homage to craft and family. An embrace of the earth that seems at once old-fashioned and new. And at its simplest, it’s a man slowly working the vineyard with his horse, just like generations before him.

Tradition isn’t an abstract concept to Christophe Baron, founder of both Cayuse Vineyards and Horsepower Vineyards—he was born into it. The oldest son of the centuries-old Champagne house, Baron Albert, his family has worked their land in the Marne Valley of France since 1677. As recently as 1957 horses still did all of the vineyard cultivation.

Horsepower represents a return to that time, to a simplicity of craftsmanship and purpose that has been largely lost in the modern translation. It’s a window to the Old World—right here in the new.

“The intense, heady 2019 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is a masterpiece in the making. On the nose, it takes on white pepper and black olive tapenade alongside sauce, dark truffle, boysenberry, creosote and seaweed tones that all meld in the glass. The palate is plush, soft and incredibly complex. Fresh and vibrant with silky tannins and wonderful length. This is a beautiful wine that flirts with perfection. It will enjoy another 10-15 years in the cellar.”
-Vinous, 99 Points


“Leading off the three Syrahs, the 2019 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard reveals a ruby/plum hue to go with a beautiful perfume of darker cherry and black raspberry-like fruits as well as smoked earth, shitake mushroom, iron, and exotic, floral and bloody nuances. This is one feral, exotic, incredibly complex Syrah that stills bring beautiful fruit, medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. It needs a solid hour in a decanter if drinking any time soon and will have two decades of longevity, if not more. This is the most perfumed and delicate of the three Syrahs. Best After 2022.”
-Jeb Dunnuck, 96 Points
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